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Columbia County Looks To Neighborhoods To Help Fight Crime

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Fighting crime one neighborhood at a time.  That's what police in Columbia County are trying to do, and tonight they're holding a big event to help support it. WJBF News Channel 6's Barclay Bishop has more.

Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary for National Night Out.  Columbia County law enforcement officials use the event to send the message to those in the county about the need for neighborhood watches.  Police say it's imperative that they share ideas about ways to keep the streets safer.  They'll be covering a variety of topics including how to deal with having a sex offender living nearby, and how to control people who speed through the neighborhood.

"We are seeing a little bit of a difference in our neighborhoods," said Lt. Patricia Champion with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.  "We have seen more participation this year.  Every time we hold a National Night Out, we open it to the entire community and target our neighborhood watch associations that are already in place.  We certainly encourage other neighborhoods to begin a neighborhood watch program and join forces with us against crime."

"We feel that our neighborhood watch programs are very effective," said Lt. Champion.  "The fact that we build a partnership with our community, we can let them know what crime trends we're seeing, and ways that we can help us prevent those crimes and keep themselves safe."

There are about 130 neighborhood watch programs already in place in Columbia County.  If you'd like to attend Tuesday night's event, it's being held from 7pm – 9pm at the Government Complex on Ronald Reagan Drive.

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